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Penne Beef Bake Recipe
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Penne Beef Bake Recipe

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I had ground beef and veggies on hand so I came up with this pizza-flavored casserole. I never expected my family to love it so much. It's a good way to sneak in some extra veggies for the kids. —Jennifer Wise, Selinsgrove, Pennsylvania
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 35 min. Bake: 25 min.
MAKES:8 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 35 min. Bake: 25 min.
MAKES: 8 servings

Ingredients

  • 1 package (12 ounces) whole wheat penne pasta
  • 1 pound ground beef
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  • 2 medium zucchini, finely chopped
  • 1 large green pepper, finely chopped
  • 1 small onion, finely chopped
  • 1 jar (24 ounces) spaghetti sauce
  • 1-1/2 cups reduced-fat Alfredo sauce
  • 1 cup (4 ounces) shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese, divided
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder

Nutritional Facts

1-1/3 cups equals 395 calories, 12 g fat (6 g saturated fat), 62 mg cholesterol, 805 mg sodium, 45 g carbohydrate, 7 g fiber, 25 g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 3 starch, 2 lean meat, 1 fat.

Directions

  1. Cook penne according to package directions. Meanwhile, in a Dutch oven, cook the beef, zucchini, pepper and onion over medium heat until meat is no longer pink; drain. Stir in the spaghetti sauce, Alfredo sauce, 1/2 cup mozzarella cheese and garlic powder. Drain penne; stir into meat mixture.
  2. Transfer to a 13-in. x 9-in. baking dish coated with cooking spray. Cover and bake at 375° for 20 minutes. Sprinkle with remaining mozzarella cheese. Bake, uncovered, 3-5 minutes longer or until cheese is melted. Yield: 8 servings.
Originally published as Penne Beef Bake in Healthy Cooking December/January 2013, p38

Nutritional Facts

1-1/3 cups equals 395 calories, 12 g fat (6 g saturated fat), 62 mg cholesterol, 805 mg sodium, 45 g carbohydrate, 7 g fiber, 25 g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 3 starch, 2 lean meat, 1 fat.

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Reviewed Jul. 16, 2014

My family is vegetarian. I used a meat substitute in place of the ground beef. In addition I added finely chopped mushrooms to the vegetables. It was delicious. This is one of our new favorite recipes!

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Reviewed May. 7, 2014

I us low fat cheddar as a topping.

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Reviewed Feb. 7, 2014

I made this last night with ground turkey, Newman's tomato and basil sauce, Classico light alfredo sauce and whole wheat pasta. I kept all of the other ingredients the same. It was absolutely delicious!

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Reviewed Jan. 12, 2014

Wonderful recipe. Very clever and good taste with the zucchini. Easy also, just make sure you buy right sauces. Serve with salad and garlic bread. Great dinner.

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Reviewed Jan. 9, 2014

This is only the second TOH recipe that I've rated this low. I admit, it could've been because I used the wrong spaghetti sauce, or because I used 80% lean beef...or...? Usually, though, things don't turn out this disastrous. It tasted so bad and bland that I couldn't even choke it down. I am giving it to the dog (don't worry...he loves pasta, and is a healthy, happy 14 year old who hikes a few miles with me each day).

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